Saudi Arabia: Five things we've learned
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Five things we learned about Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been in the headlines this week after it emerged a 74-year-old British expat may be publically flogged after being caught with alcohol in the country.

The UK government then cancelled a controversial £5.9m prisons deal with the kingdom.

Throughout the week, the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 has been speaking to advisers, journalists, former ambassadors and experts about the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia and the internal politics that govern it.

These are five things we learned from those conversations.

  • 16 Oct 2015